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A Luncheon Honoring Henry Vandermeir, Democratic Party of Orange County Chair


Head ShotThe Foundation is extremely proud that our County Party is being led by an individual with the deep passion and innovative ideas of a progressive, and the real-world practically of a seasoned veteran.  This dynamic combination has helped to build our progressive coalition so well, that Orange County’s Congressional representation at an all-time high, we have had a supermajority in the Legislature, and Democratic governance has flourished in Sacramento.  Orange County has become key, and we will honor Henry Vandermeir for his indispensable leadership role in making that happen.


Growing up in a military family, Henry spent his childhood traveling to Army bases throughout the world. He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Boston University and taught computer science for the University of Maryland in their European Division for a number of years.

Once settled in California, Henry and his wife Lori started their own computer training company, traveling across the country for corporate clients such as IBM, Anderson Consulting, Avery Dennison and Mazda Motor of American. His company transitioned into designing instructional materials and building websites for business, nonprofit, union and political clients.

Henry has been active in Democratic politics for almost two decades, serving in a variety of positions including club president, state party caucus chair, state party executive board member, State party campaign trainer and as President of the California Democratic Council (CDC) which oversees all of the state’s clubs.

Under his leadership with CDC, Henry increased membership from 4,000 to over 20,000 by ensuring that clubs received a free website, leadership training, voter database, and professional banners, booths and other materials so that they could better market the Democratic message up and down the state.

Henry served as Executive Director for the Democratic Foundation of Orange County for two years and was elected Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) in January, 2013.

Henry will be speaking about and discussing with you, the status of the DPOC and the 2014 Election in Orange County.

April 30, 2014, 12:00 Noon 
The Irvine Hilton, 18800 MacArthur Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92612
To reserve a Non-Member ticket ($45.00) you may write a check payable to
DFOC, PO Box 26708, Santa Ana, CA 92799
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Evening Reception with Joe Shaw


Picture HeadshotOn March 27, 2014, we had an evening event at Foundation headquarters, where we honored Huntington Beach City Councilmember Joe Shaw.  Joe, a longtime friend of the Foundation, gave a smart, policy-filled talk that demonstrated why he must be re-elected to the Huntington Beach City Council.

Joe was first elected to the council in 2010. He is a founding member of the Downtown Huntington Beach Business Improvement District, and served on the public relations committee of the Huntington Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau.  He is currently President of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust.

Since 1991, Joe Shaw has been involved in non-profit communications and fundraising, working for the Adventist Health system, The Wall/Las Memorias Latino AIDS Awareness Project, AIDS Service Center in Pasadena and the Braille Institute.

Joe was co-owner of the California Greetings retail gift store in downtown Huntington Beach for 5 years before selling the store in March 2007. In 2007, Joe was appointed to the Huntington Beach Planning Commission, and in early 2009, was appointed to the Huntington Beach Public Works Commission. In 2009-2010, Joe served on Huntington Beach’s Charter Review Commission, charged with updating and improving the governing document of the city.

In November of 2010, Joe was elected by the voters to the Huntington Beach City Council. Since then he has worked diligently to balance the city’s budget, improve public safety, protect the city’s beaches and open spaces, bring jobs to the city, and revitalize the downtown area.

He will be running for re-election in 2014 to continue his vision for improving the quality of life for all residents of Huntington Beach.



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